Next week will be the annual portrait workshop and I am excited about it. I painted portraits in watercolor for 25 years before switching to pastels. I love painting portraits in pastel . It is so much easier and I love the result.
This year I have been working on a special set of portrait colors to make the paining not only better but easier. I have switched to mainly Girault pastels. They are not only so beautiful in color but also in texture. They have a wide range of color and I highly recommend them. These will be complemented by a range of complimentary NuPastels and also Carbothello pastel pencils.This year we will be painting this adorable little girl blowing bubbles.
There are so many elements to this painting. I love the cohesion and harmony of colors in the child carrying into the background. And the bubbles!!! We will concentrate on the ears and hands. Most people have the most trouble in those areas so we will do studies of each before working on our final painting. There is still one space and I would love to have you come. We also have an optional 4th day for those who want to paint their loved one . I will provide lots of individual attention to help you complete your portrait.
Your name is the primary way people find you. A readable name on your art work is one of the best marketing tools you have. USE IT!
If people like your work and can read your name, it gives them a chance to find you on the web. If they can’t read your name, the opportunity is missed, perhaps forever. Many artists don’t do this and think people will somehow magically find them. Don’t count on it.
A world famous artist friend actually prints her name alining it using a ruler. It is very readable, consistent and recognizable on her work. She sets a great example for us!
I suggest printing your name on your work!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish you the best with your marketing challenges!
The Art at the Mill Show opened today at the Burwell Morgan Mill in Millwood , VA. I have 5 pieces in this show, including “Joy”. Stop by and see all the wonderful art by area artists. The show is open thru May 10. The artist reception is next Sunday from 2-5 pm. Stop by and say “hello”!!
I worked on Chetan again today. First I got rid of all the blue-it just didn’t work. Sometimes you just have to get rid of detracting elements from a painting to focus on the important areas. I used a paper towel and rubbed off the blue! (Cover the areas you want to protect first!!)
Then I added some greys to replace the blue. My good friend Pam suggested I add some rust so I probably will do that as well but for now here he is:
Now I will put him away for a while and take another look later with a fresh eye!